No place for Caster as ASA names Moscow squad

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OLYMPIC 800m sil­ver medal­list Caster Se­menya has been left out of South Africa’s pro­vi­sional track and field squad for next month’s IAAF World Cham­pi­onships in Moscow, Rus­sia.

Ath­let­ics SA (ASA) an­nounced a pro­vi­sional 30-mem­ber squad for the global show­piece to be held from Au­gust 10 to 18.

Se­menya, how­ever, still has 10 days to meet the 2:00.00 qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard be­fore the July 29 dead­line.

The 2009 women’s world cham­pion won her first com­pet­i­tive race on Wed­nes­day night, since last year’s Lon­don Olympic Games.

She clocked a pedes­trian 2:06.58 at the Lahti Games in Fin­land af­ter re­cov­er­ing from a long-term knee in­jury.

The team, con­sist­ing of 22 track and field ath­letes, six marathon­ers and two race walk­ers, in­cludes 15 ath­letes who have met the IAAF A stan­dard for the track and field pro­gramme.

The three long-jumpers who will rep­re­sent the coun­try at the global show­piece are Olympic sil­ver medal­list Khotso Mokoena, Zarck Visser and Lynique Prinsloo.

Mokoena is ranked sixth in the world fol­low­ing his ster­ling 8.30m ef­fort in Bad Lan­gen­salza, Ger­many in June.

Visser is ranked sev­enth in the world with his per­sonal best jump of 8.29m at the national cham­pi­onships in April.

Sprint­ing sen­sa­tion and dou­ble World Stu­dent Games gold medal­list Anaso Jo­bod­wana has been the pick of the South African ath­letes so far this sea­son, qual­i­fy­ing for the men’s 100m and 200m in em­phatic fash­ion.

The 20 year old clocked per­sonal bests of 20.13 sec­onds in the 200m and 10.10sec in the 100m this sea­son, to threaten both national sprint records.

Jo­bod­wana is likely to be joined by the ex­cit­ing new tal­ent Akani Sim­bine, who set a new national jun- ior 100m record in De­cem­ber.

African 100m cham­pion Si­mon Ma­gakwe was not avail­able for se­lec­tion ow­ing to in­jury. Sim­bine will se­cure his berth if no other ath­lete achieves a faster B stan­dard be­fore July 28.

As has be­come cus­tom­ary, a full com­ple­ment of men’s 400m hur­dlers have met the A stan­dard, with 2011 fi­nal­ists LJ van Zyl and Cor­nel Fred­er­icks be­ing joined by PC Be­necke.

In the women’s 400m hur­dles, An­neri Eber­sohn was cho­sen over train­ing part­ner Wenda Nel as she is the South African cham­pion. While both had achieved the B stan­dard, only one B-stan­dard achiever is per­mit­ted per event.

Sim­i­larly, in the men’s shot put, the se­lec­tors went with the national cham­pion Orazio Cre­mona above Jaco En­gel­brecht.

Olympian An­dre Olivier, who has shown su­perb form at the IAAF Di­a­mond League meet­ings this sea­son, will line up in the 800m.

The team in­cludes national record hold­ers Jo­han Cronje ( 1 500m), Willem Co­ertzen (de­cathlon), Le­hann Fourie (110m hur­dles), Chris Harmse (ham­mer throw) and Sunette Viljoen (javelin throw).

African dis­cus throw cham­pion Vic­tor Ho­gan and national 400m cham­pion Wade van Niek­erk com­plete the ath­letes who have achieved the A qual­i­fy­ing stan­dard.

World Stu­dent Games gold medal­list Stephen Mokoka has achieved the B stan­dard in the 10 000m, join­ing El­roy Ge­lant (5 000m), Robert Oosthuizen (javelin throw) and Jus­tine Pal­fra­man (200m) as ath­letes who will be added to the fi­nal team pro­vided no one bet­ters their B stan­dard achieve­ments.

The fi­nal team will be con­firmed on July 29, giv­ing ath­letes who have not yet qual­i­fied a last op­por­tu­nity to do so.

The marathon team is a mix of ex­pe­ri­ence and youth, with national cham­pion and new road run­ning rev­e­la­tion Cor­nelia Joubert join­ing Olympians Irvette van Zyl and Tanith Maxwell in the women’s team. Rene Kalmer was un­avail­able for se­lec­tion.

The men’s team in­cludes for­mer New York Marathon win­ner and mul­ti­ple national record holder Hen­drick Ra­maala.

With Mokoka’s de­ci­sion to con­cen­trate on the 10 000m, Ra­maala was the sec­ond fastest dur­ing the qual­i­fy­ing pe­riod. He is joined by Lusapho April and Sibu­siso Nz­ima.

Two race walk­ers, Olympian Marc Mun­dell and Le­bo­gang Shange, will take part in the 50km and 20km events re­spec­tively. – Sapa

10 DAYS TO GO: Caster Se­menya has yet to meet the qual­i­fy­ing time for the World Cham­pi­onships, but has a late chance to do so.

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